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LPS gets to work on bond issue projects

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By: Jenn Schanz

Tuesday's election was a big win for LPS students, and staff, and parents.

With a 36 percent voter turnout, the much anticipated $153 million bond issue passed by two thirds vote.

"We were really excited to find out that it passed," says Cindy Sherwood, an LPS parent. 

Now, board members are ready to hit the ground running.

"This bond issue will provide a secure, comfortable, great learning environment for our children," says Kathy Danek, Vice President of the LPS board. 

So what's the district going to do with $153 million?

Well, a lot of it is going towards new infrastructure; a new elementary school is set to open in fall 2016, near 63rd and Yankee Hill road. A new middle school is set to open in fall 2017, in the 75th and Yankee Hill road area, and a joint career center with LPS and Southeast Community College is also in the works.

But in addition to funding a few new buildings, some of that bond money will go towards security and improving existing space, like expansion at West Lincoln Elementary, so it can finally get rid of it's portable classrooms.

West Lincoln was built back in 1956; parents and staff say it's way past it's capacity, and needs a makeover.

Principal Scott Schwartz says "..if you can imagine when you walk through the building you can see the changes in the brick color, you can see the changes in the terrazzo, you can see lots of changes.

And more are on the way.

With the bond money, West Lincoln will also be able to install doors for their classrooms, and boost security at its entrances.

"In today's time with everything that's happened, it's really important as a parent to know that at school your child is in a secure environment," Sherwood says. 

LPS board members say the next six months will be very busy, with some construction proposals being submitted as early as Feb. 20th. 

Once all the improvement have been made, they say the district will have an additional 2,200 seats. 

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